As if living through acne wasn't bad enough, now you have to relive that experience through the scars it leaves. Almost all people who experience acne, whether it's mild or severe, also have some post-acne scarring, with half of them having significant acne scars.
Fortunately, you don't have to be reminded of your acne breakouts for the rest of your life. At Nutura Clinic in Portland, Oregon, naturopathic physician Dr. Andrew von Plitt has extensive experience treating acne scars and other skin issues such as fine lines, age spots, sun spots, and stretch marks with microneedling.
Here, Dr. van Plitt explains how microneedling works to help fade your acne scars.
Why does acne leave scars?
Deep or large acne can cause inflammation and eventually scarring as the acne clears and your skin heals. Additionally, pimple popping, squeezing, or picking increases your risk of scarring.
Acne scars come in two main varieties: raised scars, also called keloid or hypertrophic scars, and depressed scars, also called atrophic scars. Some acne scars fade over time, while others stay prominent for years. If you've tried other treatments to fade your scars and haven't had success, microneedling may be an excellent option for you.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a procedure that involves the use of a device with fine needles to create tiny, controlled punctures in your skin. These micro-injuries stimulate your body's natural healing process, boosting the production of collagen and elastin — two proteins that help maintain your skin's structure and elasticity.
At Nutura Clinic, Dr. von Plitt also uses specially formulated serums and Chinese medicine herbs to increase the effectiveness of microneedling treatments. This combination of serums, herbs, and microneedling increases the effectiveness of the treatment.
How does microneedling treat acne scars?
Microneedling is most effective for depressed scars. The collagen production boost helps fill in atrophic scars and improve your overall skin texture. Additionally, as collagen production increases, so does the overall appearance of your skin.
Downtime and side effects are minimal. You may, however, need more than one session.
During a free consultation, Dr. von Plitt recommends the right treatment package for your skin care needs.
Do you dread looking in the mirror and seeing your acne scars? Call Nutura Clinic to schedule a consultation to talk about microneedling and to learn about other options to effectively treat your acne scars. You can also conveniently book an appointment through our online scheduling tool.